I’m in Melbourne and the weather is just amazing. Well, it’s about 10 degrees out, which compared to Singapore, is way, way cold. But I love the cold and there’s something about being wrapped up all warm and toasty in freezing temperatures that makes me happy. I stepped out of the airport and just stood outside for several minutes feeling the cold wind across my face.
I’m here with the other 9 winners of the Singapore Blog Awards for 3 days to experience the best that Melbourne has to offer. We obviously couldn’t squeeze everything into 3 days so we all got to customize our itinerary according to our preferences. I’m going with a coffee tour, a ski trip up on Mount Buller and of course, lots of shopping.
The husband, kids and my mom will fly down on Sunday for another week so that gives us lots of time to explore Melbourne properly. This is the first time the kids are on holiday and they’re over the moon about it.
For the past 3 weeks since our travel plans were confirmed, we’ve been doing a daily countdown and every day, they ask the same question, “ARE WE GOING TO MELBOURNE NOW? HOW ABOUT NOW? OR NOW? I THINK WE SHOULD GO NOW!” And of course, we’re excited that they’re excited.
Speaking of the kids, I’ve gone 20 hours without seeing them and I’m in severe withdrawal. I miss my babies and it’s so weird to have 3 whole days to myself. 3 days of not having to arbitrate fights every 10 minutes. No poop cleaning. No yelling or shrieks. No incessant gummy harassment.
Like what am I supposed to do with all this time? Let my hair down and have fun? I’ve almost forgotten what that’s like, but I’m fairly certain it will all come back to me very quickly.
But then the downside is that there are also no unexpected kisses and no baby hands to hold. Total bummer.
Anyway, it’s 5.30 in the afternoon and so far, I’ve met a pirate, had a delicious rabbit stew for lunch and knocked back 5 cups of coffee. I haven’t slept in the last 30 hours and I’m high from exhaustion, caffeine overdose and jetlag. There’s a very high chance I’m going to just pass out on the way to dinner.
I’ll be blogging about the trip while we’re here so more to come soon. For now, Melbourne beckons.